Caught in the Web: Lakers trying to recover from Christmas Day beatdown to Miami
--The Times' Broderick Turner highlights Phil Jackson's plea for the media and fanbase to be patient with the Lakers.
--NBA.com's David Aldridge looks at how San Antonio has managed to stay among the league's elite.
--Fox Sports Southwest's Pat Decola argues the southwest division teams are better than the Lakers.
--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding believes the Lakers will start playing better.
--Ball Don't Lie's Eric Freeman lauds Ron Artest for his involvement with mental health charities.
--The Miami Herald's Joseph Goodman believes the Heat made a statement with its victory over the Lakers.
--The San Antonio Express' Tim Griffin notes the Spurs are entering their matchup Tuesday with the Lakers in a calm state of mind.
--The Miami Herald's Israel Gutierrez argues the Lakers are making excuses after losing to the Heat.
--Pro Basketball Talk's Kurt Helin outlines what he learned from the Lakers-Heat game.
--ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky breaks down the scenarios of what would happen if the Lakers lose home-court advantage.
--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford dissects the Lakers' performances in their past two losses.
--The South Florida Sun Sentinel's Ira Winderman notices the Lakers' comments after the loss to Miami appeared similar to some of the rhetoric from the 2006-07 Heat team, a season after its championship run.
--Fox Sports' Billy Witz lists five things to take away from the Lakers' loss to Miami.
--Silver Screen and Roll's DexterFishmore breaks down the Lakers' poor defense on LeBron James.
--Lakers Nation's Gary Lee argues the team needed what he called a slice of "humble pie."
Tweet of the Day: "Watching SAS-WAS, commentator says Spurs can't go thru motions if they wanna beat Lakers Tues. AK #IronyAlert" -- ESPNLandOLakers (ESPN Los Angeles' Andy Kamenetzky).
Reader Comment of the Day: "A few people here seem to think Lakers just have to win Tues to prove something (that Lakers are "getting it together") Sorry but not that easy, playing together as a team, consistently getting that done (and the wins will come) is what needs to happen and even if the Lakers beat the Spurs on Tues. On the Spurs level, they still will not be... More important than their record is that the SPURS are doing this." -- L McKee
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